Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for November
M T W T F S S
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

Vienna keeps cycling focus

Vienna’s cycling network is set to become bigger.

Greens Vice Mayor Maria Vassilakou said yesterday (Weds) the city’s government coalition of Social Democrats (SPÖ) and her party agreed about expanding several already existing cycling paths. She said the 24 individual projects would be carried out throughout this year and extend cycling strips by 20 kilometres (km) to almost 1,220 km.

Vassilakou – who became the capital’s urban planning councillor after the city hall elections of 2010 – decided to focus on cycling lanes along the Ringstraße boulevard in the city’s central Innere Stadt district where "gaps" will soon be closed. The constructions will ensure better circumstances to cover distances in the heart of the city by bike, the Greens Vienna chairwoman promised.

Another key aspect of the vice mayor’s extension concept are suburban areas like Donaustadt district. "I want to increase the share of cycling in traffic to 10 per cent by 2015," Vassilakou – whose party strongly promotes Bike City housing projects created for people who cycle a lot – said.

Cycling claimed a share of six per cent among all kinds of individual traffic in Vienna in 2009, twice as much as in 1993. The number of people preferring to walk short but also longer distances dropped by one per cent to 27 per cent at the same time, according to research.

The Austrian Traffic Club (VCÖ) recently claimed that there were more and more pedestrians in Vienna nowadays. The club appealed to the city coalition to do more for them. It suggested the broadening of sidewalks and more traffic-free streets as a reaction to the current "renaissance of walking".

The number of cars in Vienna has risen over the years – but not as strongly as the city’s population. Residents of the capital owned around 543,000 vehicles in 1990. The figure increased to 663,900 in 2009 when there were 394 registered cars per 1,000 Viennese citizens. The relative number of cars remained unchanged to this day while the populace of Vienna soared to 1.7 million.

The eastern province of Burgenland has the highest density of cars (616) among Austria’s nine provinces. Vienna comes last in this concern while the federal average is 537, according to VCÖ research. It has to be seen whether the steady increase of petrol prices will influence these data.

Drivers had to pay 0.72 Euros for one litre of diesel petrol in 2002, according to car club Arbö. The organisation said that the same amount of the fuel of this kind had risen to 1.42 Euros in the past 10 years. Prices for other sorts of car fuel developed similarly, according to the influential association. Now all eyes are on Austrian petrol station managers as they had implemented significant price hikes ahead of Easter in each of the past few years.

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!


Cosmo and Nanu
ORF Watch

Related articles: Vienna focus

  1. An Austrian Island Escape at the Insel Hotel

    » Travel 2013-04-01

    Looking out of the window you may think of anything other than summer, but it is rapidly approaching and that means one thing - Summer holidays!

  2. A night of glitz and glamour at Vienna Filmball 2013

    » Panorama 2013-03-18

    Glamour and glitz were out in force at the weekend as stars from Austria and further afield flocked over the red carpet into the Vienna City Hall for a night of awards, dance and partying!

  3. Bonbon Ball crowns Miss Bonbon 2013!

    » Panorama 2013-02-11

    By far the sweetest event in the Vienna Ball season - the Bonbon Ball took place this weekend.

more related articles tagged "Vienna focus"

Related articles: business boom

  1. Austrian skiers create overnight stay record

    » Business 2012-05-29

    The number of winter season overnight stays by Austrians has reached a new record.

  2. Knoflacher emphasises pedestrian zones' economic effects

    » General News 2012-05-24

    A renowned traffic planner has stressed that shop owners are generally appreciating the introduction of pedestrian zones.

  3. IV demands focus on industry in crisis

    » Business 2012-05-24

    The general secretary of the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) has appealed on Europeís political leaders to strengthen the continentís industry.

more related articles tagged "business boom"

Tag cloud:
Greens  strongly  traffic  prices  focus  ndash  rsquo  Euros  distances  cycling  Vienna  Austrian  risen  individual  Vassilakou  projects  capital  Ouml  petrol  cars

Latest News

 

How An Austrian Park Every Year Becomes A Lake
Spectacular images that show how a park becomes a lake each spring complete with underwater trees have been captured by two divers.

Mad About Mammoths At Vienna Museum
A unique exhibition in the Austrian capital Vienna has proved a massive hit after bringing together for the first time some of the most famous frozen woolly mammoth remains.

Controversy Over Advert For Fucking Hell Beer
An Austrian political party has defended a decision to promote a local beer named after the village of Fucking.

Luigi Restaurant Cooks Up Delicious Delights For Winter Season
Brothers Luigi and Leo Doci who own the renowned Luigi restaurant chain will be cooking up a storm in Semmering this winter.

Church Porn Star In Court
A Polish-born woman who made a video of herself masturbating in church is facing six months in jail after a viewer called police when he recognised the woman.

Hugh Grant Cuddles Lamb On Animal Farm With Mrs Glock
Hugh Grant led a star-studded turnout at Austria's animal farm project which unveiled its Christmas market this week.

Cheating Wife Buries Hubby Alive For New Lover
A woman who married her sisterís fiance and then attacked him with a knife before burying him alive so she could be with her new lover is facing life in jail.

Spate of Crimes throughout Vienna and Lower Austria Solved
Four men have been arrested after committing 113 break-ins, 21 thefts and causing at least 260,000 Euros worth of damage.

Dad Punished Child, 2, With Boiling Hot Shower
A two-year-old girl is in an artificial coma and fighting for her life after her father threw her into a scalding hot shower leaving her with severe burns at the family home in the Austrian capital Vienna.

Police And Firemen Get Cold Turkey
Flipping the bird was given a new meaning in Austria this week when a truck filled with plucked turkeys overturned, closing a busy motorway in the process.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers